Your garage not only contains valuable items, but it also provides a way into your home. Consider keeping your garage door opener inside your house instead of in your car, where it could be more easily stolen. Check into upgrading to a smart garage door opener that lets you open and close the door from your phone—it can also alert you when the door is opened.
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Care for your keys. Don’t try to hide an extra key outside the house—thieves know all the likely hiding spots. Instead, leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor or relative.
Keep valuables out of sight. This includes not leaving the box from your new big-screen TV on your curb. Also, resist the temptation to share on social media the news of your TV’s arrival—potential thieves are on those channels, too.
Advertise how secure you are. Many experts say just the presence of a yard sign announcing security protection is enough to deter some would-be thieves. Of course, having a sign and actual security measures in place is a better option.
Don’t reveal that you’re away. You wouldn’t put a notice on your front door announcing you’re away for two weeks, but an untended lawn or piles of mail can send that signal just as clearly. Stop your mail, postpone deliveries and have a neighbor look after your lawn. Here are more ways to secure your home when you’re away.